Camcorder for a band photography

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    • #43128

      Hi All,

      I’m new to video photography and my aim is to take videos of a rock band (Concerts and rehersals).

      That means that the video will be taken in low light conditions, and the audio should be reasonable (possibly XLR input with phantom power?).

      I’m looking for mini DV camera, I don’t think that HD is a must, I’d rather put my money on a better sensor and lense. on the other hand, I’m not sure that a “pro” camcorder is the right way to go…

      Any suggestions on an entry level camera that would not be too expensive, but will be sufficient enough for my needs?


    • #180735

      Canon GL2, with some exceptions, may be your best approach. Used units have been seen going for as little as $1,100 on forum for sale posts and ebay, etc. Worth looking into. This camera is SD and will shoot wide screen for you if you desire – no XLR inputs, but an adapter is available.

      Low light is not all that and a bag of chips, but if you avoid auto settings and adjust without pumping up the gain too much, the actual lighting conditions (unless you’re in a cave with NO light and the only source is the power lights on the amps) often translate better onscreen when too much gain has not been applied. After all, it is the effect, and if you watch much live action band events, bars, nightclubs, dance raves or whatever, it is what it is – certainly not intended to be daylight or spotlight as most of these guys/gals seem to like lurking in the dark. πŸ™‚

    • #180736

      Thank you for your answer.

      I looked in to the GL2, and a lot of reviewers says that it suffers from a bad cassete mechanism, so 2nd hand is not an option.

      Can you please tell me what are the main differences between a 2000$HD pro(entry level)camcorder to a 1000$ HD camcorder (likeSony HDR-HC9)?

      If I consider to buy a new one, do you have any experience with the Sony HDR-FX7


    • #180737

      What is your budget? If you’re looking into the prosumer realm, the Canon GL2 (and possibly the Canon XL1 and XL2 models) would probably be the way to go. Unfortunately, you won’t encounter XLR inputs until you get to the $2,000+ range, considering that you buy a camera new. eBay may not offer the best, but it’s definitely a place worth checking out for pro/prosumer models.

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